Definitions for dozenˈdʌz ən
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
doz•enˈdʌz ən(n.)(pl.)doz•ens; doz•en
(n.)a group of 12.
the dozens,Slang. a ritualized game in which the players attempt to outdo each other in insults (usu. used in the phrase play the dozens).
Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)
(adj.)containing 12 parts.
Origin of dozen:
1250–1300; ME dozeine < OF do(u)zaine <do(u)ze (< L duodecim)
twelve, 12, XII, dozen(adj)
the cardinal number that is the sum of eleven and one
twelve, 12, xii, dozen(adj)
denoting a quantity consisting of 12 items or units
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
twelve of the same thing
a dozen eggs; I bought two dozen.
indicates an estimation of approximately twelve of sth
Dozens of people stood outside.; half a dozen cows; a half-dozen cows
A set of twelve.
A large, unspecified number of, comfortably estimated in small multiples of twelve, thus generally implied to be significantly more than ten or twelve, but less than perhaps one or two hundred; many.
An old English measure of ore containing 12 hundredweight.
Origin: From douzaine, from duodecim, from duo + decem
a collection of twelve objects; a tale or set of twelve; with or without of before the substantive which follows
an indefinite small number
A dozen is a grouping of twelve. The dozen may be one of the earliest primitive groupings, perhaps because there are approximately a dozen cycles of the moon or months in a cycle of the sun or year. Twelve is convenient because its multiples and divisors are convenient: 12 = 2 × 2 × 3, 3 × 4 = 12, 2 × 6 = 12, 60 = 12 × 5, 360 = 12 × 30. The use of twelve as a base number, known as the duodecimal system, probably originated in Mesopotamia. This could come from counting on one's fingers by counting each finger bone with one's thumb. Using this method, one hand can count to twelve, and two hands can count to 144. Twelve dozen are known as a gross; and twelve gross are called a great gross, a term most often used when shipping or buying items in bulk. A great hundred, also known as a small gross, is 120 or ten dozen. A baker's dozen, also known as a long dozen, is thirteen.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'dozen' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3738
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'dozen' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2355
Rank popularity for the word 'dozen' in Nouns Frequency: #1222
Translations for dozen
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a group of twelve
two dozen handkerchiefs; These eggs are 50 cents a dozen; Half-a-dozen eggs, please.
- دَزّينَه، إثنا عَشَرArabic
- dúziaPortuguese (BR)
- das DutzendGerman
- دو جینFarsi
- दर्जन, बारहHindi
- tucet, dvanaestCroatian
- (一)打，十二個Chinese (Trad.)
- کسی عدد کے بعد 12 کی تعداد کے لۓ استعمال کرناUrdu
- （一）打，十二个Chinese (Simp.)
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